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Study in Zoology

The Department of Zoology is home to a vibrant community of people who study a diverse range of topics related to Zoology. This community includes undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Zoology Department is one of sixteen departments that teach on the Natural Sciences Tripos and as such contributes to four interdepartmental courses in the first year, three in the second year and one final year course, as well as two dedicated Zoology courses: Animal Biology in the second year and Zoology in the final year.

Subjects studied range from: inter-species interactions to neural mechanisms; molecular biology to vertebrate evolution; genetic foundations of behaviour to the importance of biodiversity.  Students are trained in a wide range of skills that provide the learning base for future careers in disciplines such as health sciences, agriculture, environmental management, the emerging biotechnologies, publishing, teaching, research and management.

The main teaching staff, University Teaching Officers, are also world leading researchers who have many years of experience both in teaching and research.  Students, undergraduate and postgraduate, can play an active part in this research as part of their training. Undergraduates have the opportunity to go on field courses throughout their three years, hold summer placements in labs and in the final year do a project with a leading member of the department, assisted by members of their research group.

The department has a strong cohort of postgraduate students and we pride ourselves on having one of the best submission rates in the University.  This is testament to the enormous amount of work and effort our supervisors put into each individual postgraduate student.  The department also has a vibrant postgraduate community led by student representatives, which provides support for students during the early stages of their scientific careers. 

This is all backed up by great facilities within the department including a renowned Museum, microCT facilities, teaching and research laboratories. We also have strong links with many other departments within the University, including Plant Sciences, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN), and Genetics as well the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.